Exploring 4IR Technologies as a Solution to Improve the Traffic Flow on the Roads: a Case of the City of Johannesburg

Mbatha, Siphiwe and Gumbo, Trynos and Oniya, Ouwayeni and Moyo, Thembani (2021) Exploring 4IR Technologies as a Solution to Improve the Traffic Flow on the Roads: a Case of the City of Johannesburg. CITIES 20.50 – Creating Habitats for the 3rd Millennium: Smart – Sustainable – Climate Neutral. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2021, 26th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 337-344. ISSN 2521-3938

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Globally, countries are challenged with traffic congestion and many solutions have been done to encounter this challenge. Many developed countries have managed to deal with the challenges of the traffic congestion through the implemented strategies by each country with challenge. This paper is set to study the drivers of the traffic congestion which results to numerous negative impacts and address the environmental and socio-economic challenges created by high usage of private vehicles in the City of Johannesburg, South Africa. Further, the authors consider solutions to reduce traffic congestions through the assistance of the 4IR technologies. The methods selected on this study follow both quantitative and quantitative approach using different graphs for traffic analysis illustrating the traffic data, and the use of ArcGIS software will be deployed to create a map indicating roads with high volumes of traffic. The preliminary results indicated that many private vehicles on the roads have a greater contribution in traffic congestion especially when accidents happen, rotational load shedding in the city, different peak hours of the day which this has a negative impact on the economy as it reduces the productivity of the city. The implications of the study indicate that the usage of private vehicles is more reliable than the use of public transport which results to high traffic congestion volume during different intervals and there are less technological efforts deployed to reduce the ever-rising challenge of traffic. However, the study recommends the adaptive traffic signals, real-time traffic monitoring, smart corridors, and pedestrian tracking systems with advanced V2I technologies. With this, there are possibilities of reducing the traffic congestion in the City of Johannesburg.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traffic congestion, 4IR, City of Johannesburg, private vehicles
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 12:27
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 17:23
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/761

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